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1 So You Want To Be A Doctor?
What we will be covering: Pre-requisite courses GPA Volunteering Clinical experience Extracurricular activities Research Letters of Recommendation MCAT prep MCAT Committee Review Application Interviews Pre-match/ Match/ Waitlists

2 Why Should You Listen To Us?
We both received multiple interviews at top medical schools in Texas including: UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas UT Houston School of Medicine University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Texas A&M Health Science Center Texas Tech School of Medicine- Lubbock Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine – El Paso Received multiple early acceptance offers MCAT scores 30 & 34. Both GPAs 3.6+ Clinical experience: Homeless clinic coordinator Emergency Room Technician ~ 2500 hours Scribe Multiple shadowing experiences Combined ~ 2000 hours volunteering

3 What Classes Do I Need To Take To Apply To Medical School?
These classes are universal to almost any medical school in the country. Basically, no matter which medical school you intend to apply to the requirements will be very similar to the following. One course such as Biosciences I or General Chemistry I counts as 3 semester hours. Most labs are 1 semester hour, some are 2. 6 semester hours of English 14 semester hours of Biology + Biology labs 8 semester hours of General Chemistry+ General Chemistry labs 8 semester hours of Physics + Physics labs 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry + Organic Chemistry lab 3 semester hours of Statistics or Calculus* 3 semester hours of Biochemistry** * Some schools require statistics, and wont take calculus as a substitute, these schools are UT- San Antonio, Texas A&M HSC, Texas Tech- Lubbock and TCOM ** UT- San Antonio and Texas Tech- Lubbock require biochemistry, the other Texas medical schools strongly recommend it.

4 Data for matriculated applicants
What GPA/MCAT Do I Need To Be Competitive For Medical Schools In Texas? Data for matriculated applicants GPA % Matriculated MCAT 4.00 – 3.51 79% 36+ 7% 3.50 – 3.01 19% 30-35 46% < 3.01 1% 24-29 43% < 24 3%

5 Letters of Recommendation
Who do I get letters from? Science professors Other professors work supervisors Research principal investigators (PIs) Doctors you shadowed or worked with Volunteer coordinators How do I go about getting them? earn an A in your professor of interest class regularly visit them during office hours ask doctors that you’ve shadowed for a significant amount of time ask work supervisors/volunteer coordinators/PIs who you have a positive relationship with, and have known for some time

6 Volunteering Consistency is the key
do more hours with fewer organizations to show commitment for example: 3 hours a week x 50 weeks a year x 3 years = 450 hours!!! Some common volunteering locations include: hospitals (Emergency room, ICU, floors, etc) Habitat for humanity Salvation Army University organizations (VOICES)

7 Clinical Experience Clinical experience is important to show medical schools that you understand the role of a physician and their daily duties. It is also important to demonstrate that you can handle the intense environment of healthcare. Some common ways to gain clinical experience include: Shadowing physicians working as a Physician Scribe EMT-B ER Technician CNA Volunteering in a hospital/ ER

8 Extracurricular Activities
Some common extracurriculars of successful applicants include (and is not limited to) Pre-Med Societies Leadership positions in student organizations (Pre-Med Society officer or other student organization officer position) Interesting hobbies non-healthcare related work experience Tutoring - Anything meaningful that you spend a significant amount of time doing

9 Research Research is not essential but it is looked favorably upon by most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools. Research is important to medical schools because medicine is founded on scientific principles which involve critical thinking and investigation. Its important to be familiar with the scientific process and to develop deductive reasoning skills. Some common ways to get research include: Approach professors whose subject interest you apply for university sponsored research programs talk to and apply to local medical schools who may be looking for people to fill research positions

10 MCAT Preparation Ideally, begin studying for the MCAT during your junior year, either during the summer or if you can expertly manage your time, during your junior spring semester 2-3 months or until you are consistently getting the score you want on AAMC practice exams You do NOT need a prep course, however, it is recommended for those who can afford it and need structure.

11 MCAT Buy official AAMC practice MCAT exams, they are the only reliable and official practice exams that will let you know what you are most likely to get on the real exam. Do not take the exam until you are consistently getting the scores you want on the practice tests. MCAT scores are permanently recorded and cannot get expunged therefore several poor attempts will not look favorable on your application.

12 Committee Review Most medical schools require a health professions committee review packet, if your college offers it. If you do not get this packet it may be a red flag on your application. Make appointments with the health professions advisors to get familiar with the advisors and help them write a stronger letter for you Plan a health committee review appointment one month prior to taking the MCAT. It can be a lengthy process.

13 Application APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! TMDSAS opens may 1st, spring transcripts come out around may 15, this is the earliest you can submit. Anything after July is considered late Oct. 1 is the official deadline Applying late decreases your chances of landing interviews due to increasing number of competitive applicants during the later months of the application season Application is lengthy, give yourself a few weeks to complete

14 Interviews Interviews are typically offered August through December. Most Texas interviews are relaxed and conversational, HOWEVER, be prepared for healthcare policy, ethical issues, and stress interviews Dress professionally, i.e., suit and tie, no sports coats or khakis, Sperry’s, etc Do mock interviews, rehearse in front of a mirror, relax, and if you want research current health policy events

15 The Match Process Texas participates in a match system
You must rank the schools you’ve interviewed at by Jan 21. If a school pre-matches you then it is a guaranteed acceptance if you so choose to attend that school. You can hold as many pre-matches as you’d like coming into the match. Feb. 1 is match days and TMDSAS releases which school you matched to based on your rankings and how the schools ranked you. You automatically withdraw from any school you ranked lower than the school you matched to If you match to a lower ranked school you can still get off the waitlist at a higher ranked school but it is not likely.

16 Questions…? Please ask now!

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